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TOTD: Is the BMW 650i Gran Coupe Worth the Premium Over a 550i?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/31/2014 Jason Udy

During its 12-month stint in the Motor Trend Garage, we were impressed with the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe ’s driving experience, performance, and reliability. Now that our tenure with the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe has come to end, we want to know if you think the four-door coupe is worth the premium over the four-door BMW 550i sedan.

2013 BMW 650i GranCoupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 BMW 650i GranCoupe

Currently, a 2014 BMW 5 50i sedan starts at $64,825; while a 2015 BMW 650i Gran Coupe starts at $90,125 (both prices include $925 destination). For that $25,300 premium, the 650i Gran Coupe includes standard heated seats, satellite radio, and 19-inch wheels and tires (versus 18-inchers on the 550i); though the 550i comes with turn signal mirrors (not available on 650i Gran Coupe), child safety locks (not available on 650i Gran Coupe), and rear air conditioning (optional on 650i Gran Coupe).

With its sleek styling, the 650i Gran Coupe does give up some interior space, including front shoulder room (58.3 inches vs. 56.7 inches), rear shoulder room (56.2 inches vs. 54.6 inches), and rear headroom 38.3 inches vs. 37 inches). The 650i Gran Coupe, however, has more front legroom (41.4 inches vs. 42.1 inches), front headroom (40.5 inches vs. 40.6 inches), and trunk space (14 cubic feet vs. 16.2 cubic feet).

Both cars are powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 pumping out 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Is the BMW 650i Gran Coupe worth the premium over the BMW 550i sedan? Share your thoughts below.


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